2019 Goals…

It’s safe to say that just like most people I know, 2018 was a rollercoaster of emotions and life was, to say the least, a wild ride. While many amazing things happened in this year, meeting my girlfriend, turning seventeen years old, discovering a new sense of style, 2018 also came with many downs, some that effected me more than I could have imagined. This was the year that my mental health took a drastic turn for the worst at times, I struggled with self image, and I lacked the motivation that I longed to have.

While I wish that 2018 had turned out just a bit differently, we are now in the new year, which means that it is time to let go of the past and work on bettering myself.

  • Start going to therapy to work on the mental health
  • Start working out again, as it was a passion of mine
  • Eat healthy! You know it makes you feel good!
  • Take dance classes!
  • On that topic, try things you have always wanted to (voice lessons, piano lessons, dance)
  • Stop saying negative things about myself
  • Experiment with new styles and trends
  • Even though you’re eating healthy, enjoy yourself. Don’t be so uptight.
  • Try new foods!
  • Go out more, you’re graduating. Enjoy life.
  • Graduate!!
  • Move to San Diego
  • Get a job
  • Get ya license, it’s time. you know it.
  • Go to karaoke, you enjoyed it last time
  • Cook more meals at home
  • Dye my hair
  • ┬áMaybe? Do a solo? At spring concert?
  • Go to concerts!
  • Even if they’re small, go on some trips
  • Stop doubting myself
  • Start enjoying life.

The Best Things About Autumn…

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

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-The feeling of the first Autumn breeze, the first cool day of the year

– Watching the first Autumnal Harry Potter weekend while snuggled up in a fuzzy blanket

-The Endless amounts of fuzzy socks that are worn

-The baking! The fresh smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and apple that fill the air, then indulging in amazing treats

-The very first orange leaf that pops up on the tree that you pass by everyday on the way to school

-The acoustic music that plays on repeat throughout the Autumn months

-The Autumn fashion; sweaters, boots, button up skirts, tights, you name it, we love it

-Freeforms 31 days of Halloween, those movies will get you in the spirit!

-The fall flavored coffee’s that come out

-Halloween decorations galore, cobwebs and all, an absolute 10 out 10

-Planning the best Halloween costume

-Rainy movie days consisting of popcorn and cookies

-Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night

-The Spooky feeling that fills the air throughout the month of October

-The light, freeness you feel because Autumn is a new beginning that must be taken advantage of. Enjoy every last moment of it.

Let’s Talk About These Cinnamon Sugar Donuts…

“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”- Matt Groening

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Fun fact: I have a very unhealthy obsession with donuts. Sadly, they’re not the healthiest food in the world, who would’ve known! I’ve been searching around for a yummy, healthier donut recipe that could compete with the unhealthy donuts and that could make me forget about my one true love; apple fritters. So far, I haven’t been able to find a healthy version of an apple fritter, but I did find these gluten free cinnamon sugar donuts that I made vegan, and let me tell you, they have changed my life.

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(shout out to Kristina of Love & Zest for this wonderful recipe!)

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What you’ll need for this recipe is;

  • Butter (I used Earth Balance vegan butter)
  • ┬áMaple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Almond Milk (I didn’t have unsweetened but it turned out just fine!)
  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cinnamon

First off, your going to preheat your oven to 425 degrees and spray your donut pan, then set it aside because you’ll use it later. To start this off the batter , you’re going to melt 4 tablespoons of your butter in a large bowl, then combine the maple syrup and vanilla into it. Once that is well mixed, beat your egg in, then add the baking powder, salt and almond milk. I would recommend using a whisk to stir this in to get rid of the clumps because the baking soda WILL leave some clumps, but they’ll eventually whisk away. Next, add your flour, stir until it is completely combined, and you have your batter! I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon, simply because I love cinnamon, but that’s definitely optional. Spoon your batter into your donut pans, filling them almost to the top because I learned that they don’t rise very much, then pop those bad boys into the oven for 10 minutes. Once those are done, place them to the side and start working on the cinnamon sugar coating. The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, but as I started to coat the donuts, I noticed that there was a little too much cinnamon (surprising, I know). I would recommend keeping the 1/3 cup of sugar, but starting with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and adding more if its needed. Once the donuts are cooled, place your cinnamon sugar mixture in a plastic bag along with a donut and shake it all up until the donut is well coated. Repeat this step until they’re all done, and bam! You have yummy, gluten free, cinnamon sugar donuts!

These cinnamon sugar donuts are everything I would want and more in a healthier version of a donut. They’re fluffy, they have amazing flavor, and they’re is absolutely no guilt when you eat them! I absolutely recommend giving these a try. Not only are they delicious, but they were insanely easy.

 

Let’s Talk About These Apple Cinnamon Muffins…

“It’s all about a balancing act between time, temperature and ingredients: That’s the art of baking.” Peter Reinhart

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As the end of July approaches, my cravings for all things cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel heighten. When I saw these Apple Cinnamon Muffins made Healthier that have a cinnamon streusel on top, you already know I jumped on the opportunity to make them.

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(Shout out to Erin of Texanerin Baking for this amazing recipe!)

This recipe calls for numerous ingredients, which I’ll list off now!

For the muffins:

  • Whole Wheat Flour, Whole Spelt Flour, or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (I used Whole Wheat Flour)
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice (I didn’t have allspice so I made some using 1/4 teaspoon of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon)
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • An Egg
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil or Canola Oil (I used olive oil)
  • Plain Yogurt or Buttermilk (I used plain greek yogurt)
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Apples (This ended up being 1 apple)

For the streusel:

  • Whole spelt, whole wheat pastry, or whole wheat flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Melted Butter (I used vegan butter)

The first few steps of this recipe are pretty simple, ya pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, line your muffin tin with, what she says to be 8 liners, but I ended up only having enough batter for 7 muffins, and then things get a little different. You have to then whisk your egg well, then add your honey, olive oil, and vanilla. This will look very weird, like Erin says in her instructions, but just keep mixing until everything is well combined and trust me, it’s all going to fall into place. To this, add your yogurt or buttermilk and once that is well combined, add your dry mixture. Be sure to not over mix in this step because you still have to mix in the apples, which will completely combine the mixture.

After you’ve folded the chopped apples into the mixture, it’s time to make the yummiest streusel. This part is super simple, basically you just combine the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour, mix, mix, mix, and it’s done! Pour your batter into the liners, sprinkle some streusel on top, pop them into the oven for about 16 minutes, and let them cool for about 5 minutes before indulging!

These were probably the best muffins I have had in the LONGEST time and if you’re someone like me who tries to push Fall and misses those Autumn spices, these are perfect for you!